Whew! We’ve been traveling intermittently over the past two weeks and both trips, oddly enough, included Stan Bitters centered pit stops. His large scale textural ceramic work and creative process have left me so inspired. And I love that these memories will now be part of my kids’ “annoying things my parents made me do on … More Stan Bitters Road Trips
How do we feel about bookshelves in dining rooms? Kinda weird, right? It’s not my preference, but with our current room/furniture arrangement, having our long and low bookshelf along our dining room wall is what works right now. I loved its previous home in the den, hated its short-lived residency in our family room (I guess … More Dining Room Bookshelves
We’re still living in what I call “phase 1” of our kitchen redo. Phase 1 started, and was mostly completed, soon after we moved in but some recent finishing touches have made it as good as it’s gonna get until we move on to bigger (probably not major…though I’m taking suggestions!) changes in the future.The … More Kitchen!
Every summer I spend way too much time scheming ways to get a backyard pool. Like a real one. I’m not one to splurge on big ticket items and prefer travel to most “stuff”, but one day I see myself blowing all our money on a professional huge personal body of water. (And, no, I haven’t … More Poolside Gossip
Guess what? We finished baseboards in our den years after we put the wood floors down because sometimes doing everything yourself takes a long time pat on the back anyways and to commemorate the accomplishment, I figured an updated room tour was in order. I seem to share this space yearly during holidays (last year and year … More Den
*I gotta preface this. I’ve been sitting on my posts for the past few weeks because I don’t at all want to contribute to a “business as usual” vibe and be all “yay for my house!” while children sit in detention centers alone in fear and their asylum seeking parents live out a nightmare. It’s … More Front Yard Landscaping
Excuse my brief blog hiatus while end of school year crazies and A KITCHEN PLUMBING/LAUNDRY FLOODING SITUATION took over our life! Ugh. We have put our laundry room back together, our new dishwasher is taking its maiden voyage as I type (!!!), The Beach Boys are filling my ears, and it’s officially summer break! I am back … More Mailbox
Guess what I did this past week??? Master bedroom wallpaper! It was of the few things I was sure I wanted in our house BEFORE WE MOVED IN LIKE 5 YEARS AGO. Sometimes when you wait too long to actually implement the design decisions you’ve made, you don’t love it as much as when you … More BLACK GRASSCLOTH ACCENT WALL (and wallpaper primer talk)
Totally unintentionally, the patio has been all switched up! It all started with a hosing off and snowballed into a full rearrange where furniture was pulled from inside, impulse rugs were purchased, and plants planted. I have so many other things I should be working on, but once I got started I couldn’t stop. I caught … More Patio Shenanigans
I think I need to start a blog post category just called “Chairs and their Covers.” I have a problem. You may remember that I bought this dream vintage Bertoia diamond chair a few months ago but the pumpkin-orange original cushion cover was unexpectedly unsalvageable. It was immediately clear that this was a job beyond my sewing … More Diamond Chair Cover Thoughts
Heeeey there! No house projects today, just a rainbow of rocks! Last weekend, my husband and I took a quick trip to Las Vegas for the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival. I never leave Las Vegas loving the city, but the music was great and we made the most of our time. We stayed at the Delano, … More Seven Magic Mountains
Way back in December, even before we tackled our daughter’s floors, we removed the grungy carpet from our son’s bedroom and gave it a dramatic facelift with new hardwood floors. Wood floors make all the difference! You can see this room in all its former carpeted glory and read all about it here. Taking a cue … More My Son’s Room: Wood Floors!
Somehow this has turned into a saga. Two years ago I bought some replacement covers (actually two different kinds ugh) for our backyard vintage butterfly chair frames and wrote this long post on places to find them. I have detailed info there, but to summarize: if you want replacement canvas covers for your (non folding) … More Circa50 Butterfly Chair Covers
With the new front door, I’m finding myself ready to swap out our DIY bamboo/spray paint mailbox situation for something more durable and permanent. The gold paint is starting to show finger prints and is ready for replacement or facelift. And with the major pieces are in place, I feel like maybe gold isn’t what … More Modern Wall Mount Mailboxes
I’m gonna keep this short because making sure a certain fluffy husky stays out of trouble is my demanding and stressful full-time job right now. But I made these diminutive round paintings and had to share the weirdness! I found these tiny but beefy 4″ wood frames at an antique store last year, filled with … More Tiny Paintings
It has been so long since I’ve done one of these (basically a random list of interiors and objects I’m really into), but I’m bringing it back this week to share a handful of things have me very excited right now: 1 I can’t stop thinking about this room. I’m so inspired by it. Possibly … More Respects
Recently, we made some improvements to really finish up our daughter’s room. To get an idea of the before, see here, here and even here when it was originally our kids’ shared room. The room had a lot going for it already: generous size, lots of windows, best light, not to mention the biggest closet. The pink wasn’t … More Coral Pink Bedroom Upgrades
We decided to give our aggravating hardwood floor install another go and we’re SO glad we did!!! We upgraded up our flooring product (unintentionally – an ordering mistake on our part whoops) and the (unintentional) payout was HUGE. Last time around we used Bellawood’s solid 3/4 x 3 1/4″ Natural Maple, so beautiful but a nightmare to install, … More Maple Hardwood Floors
It happened. I can pretty much retire from life because having an orange front door = I’ve made it. The ornate and scrolly front door that came with our house was obviously a more recent update from the wrong decade that didn’t fit in with the style of the house or its owners. We have … More Orange Front Door!
OH MY GOODNESS THIS BATHROOM IS FINALLY PULLED TOGETHER AND IT’S ALL THAT I DREAMED IT COULD BE. A blue and gold dream! This space didn’t come to us looking like it belonged in the 60’s, but so much original goodness was hiding behind “updates” that all we needed to do was remove, repair, and … More Vintage Blue Bathroom!